Platform: Mentoring Teen Mothers
What college did you attend, or are currently attending? University of Kentucky
What is your major? Integrated Strategic Communication
What is your scholastic ambition? I would like to graduate with a Bachelor of Arts and pursue a Master’s degree afterwards or possibly a MBA. Ultimately, I hope to become a director of a non-profit organization.
List scholastic honors: The Bluegrass Spirit Scholarship, The Dean’s List, Graduated Madison Central High School with Special Distinction, National Honor Society
Greatest non-academic accomplishment: Being a Solo Finalist in the Petal Show Choir Invitational
What is your favorite style of music? Musical Theatre
What is your favorite movie genre and why? I’ve always enjoyed period films! Most of these movies are based on classic novels that have strong characters and fascinating storylines. Also, the elaborate costumes and beautiful sets are always fun to see!
What is your favorite gadget? As a rule, I never leave the house without my headphones.
What is your favorite blog? Refashionista
What is your favorite place to visit? The kitchen
What is your favorite food? Fried Okra
If you were on a deserted island, what book would you want with you? The Bible
Do you twitter? No
What is your favorite?
Sport: Basketball Sports Team: Kentucky Wildcats
Actor: Matt Smith Actress: Kristen Chenoweth
Television Program: The Crown
Wardrobe Accessory: Nail polish
Thing to do on a weekend: Go see a show at the local theatre
Way to spend a day off: Sleeping in and watching movies
What is your hometown like? Madison was the perfect place to grow up! With its supportive community, southern charm, and growing population, Madison was (and continues to be) the epitome of small town living.
What were you like when you were a child? I was very clumsy and uncoordinated as a child! It made for funny stories when I tried to participate in different sports.
Who is the most influential person in your life? My voice teacher, Winona Costello, has had a huge impact on my life both musically and personally. She’s always been someone who has demonstrated a lot of integrity and been arole model on how to live out the Christian faith on a day to day basis. Without her influence in my life, I would not be the person I am today.
What is the one thing about you that people you meet may not immediately realize? I have a birthmark on my nose but when people first meet me they usually ask if it is a bruise. Sometimes I tell them it is just to look tough!
Describe one defining moment in your own life, other than winning your local title: Leaving home and moving to college was a big change for me. The University of Kentucky is 600 miles away from my hometown and I didn’t know anyone on campus when I first arrived.
What is one important thing you have learned from being in the Miss America Program? The Miss America Organization has taught me that my voice matters and I do have the power to impact my community.
If you are crowned Miss Mississippi, what would you like to accomplish during your year of service? I would like to establish and promote a non-profit organization whose sole purpose is to empower and mentor teen mothers.
What is your secret wish or dream? I’ve always wanted to be a Disney princess at Disney World.
I’m motivated by: The satisfaction of achieving a goal that I have set for myself.
Is there a personal connection that made you pick your personal platform? I started volunteering at a teen mom mentoring program in Lexington, Kentucky called Step By Step for a school project, and I ended up writing a paper that compared Kentucky and Mississippi’s resources for teen mothers. After doing all my research, I realized that Mississippi does not have a program like Step By Step, even though there is a huge need for it.
What do you think has been the most significant event in your lifetime? Regardless of which candidate you voted for, the 2016 presidential election race captured everyone’s attention and has had a lasting impact on our country.
The one thing I can’t live without: My headphones
My best friend would describe me as: My best friend describes me as funny, quirky, and a people person.
Something interesting about my family: My Native American ancestors were named Lightfoot. I find that very funny since most of the people in my family have very big feet!
Funniest or most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to me: Once when I was on the backstage crew in high school, I accidentally dropped a metal pole on my teacher’s head during a musical production. Later we found out she had a concussion and, even thoughshe forgave me, I couldn’t look her in the eye for weeks!
One thing I’d like to try that is out of character for me: Driving across the country. I’ve always been nervous about driving long distances but I love to travel!
Do you have any pets?If so, what kind and tell us their names: I have a Maltipoo named Riley!